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't giving up yet. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." cutting our pay. that's how one u.s. officer says u.s. troops view the recommendation for a smaller pay increase in 2014. no one goes into the military to get rich but most servicemen and women need every dollar in their paycheck. so worried that next paycheck may be smaller is not going over well among the troops. our pentagon correspondent barbara starr has the details. she's working the story. barbara, what's going on? >> wolf, in this town, there's nothing that causes more anxiety in budget politics than the concept of cutting the pay for the troops. but that is exactly what is on the table if congress and the president cannot reach an agreement on a spending plan. the troops usually are happy to see defense secretary leon panetta, smiles and handshakes all around. but days before he leaves office, panetta has bad news. he's proposing less money in their paycheck next year. panetta, a savvy washington operative in budget politics, is leaving it to congress to figure out how not to cut pay and keep thousands of defen
say they do not have the capability to make a bomb. >> well, zoraida, it will be days before the u.s. has a very good handle on the size of the explosion, the size of the payload, but at first glance what u.s. officials are very concerned about are north korea's claims that it testified a miniaturized nuclear weapon. why is that so concerning? that means they're closer to making a missile that they could launch toward the united states. these types of dplier tesnuclea moves them closer to mastering the idea. it was expected, officials tell me, that north korea warned the u.s. and china yesterday that a test was eminent. after the test president obama issued a statement. what he said was north korea's nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs constitute a threat to u.s. national security and to international peace and security. we will strengthen close coordination with allies and partners and work with our six-party partners,united nations security council and other u.n. member states to pursue this. they will be meeting this morning in an emergency session. my source is telling
this nuclear test. we're getting this information from the u.s. geological survey which reported a seismic disturbance in north korea. the seismic event was centered near the side of pyeoongyangpyoo previous tests. officials have confirmed seismic activity in north korea. south korea says it detected what it called an artificial earthquake north of its border. the tremor, though, was different from what you might consider to be a normal earthquake. no further information at this stage is known. there's no official confirmation coming from anyone, least of all from pyongyang. north korea as we've been telling you, widely expecting to carry out this nuclear test any day now. pyongyang is expecting to stage a high intensity -- we have anna koran standing by in seoul, south korea, we also have alex in tokyo. let's go to anna koran, who is in seoul for us right now. anna, you're on military maneuvers just a few days ago, with the south koreans and u.s. military there. there is a great deal of preparation in south korea for this event. essentially, given what's happened, what can the south korea
, a suicide bomber of the u.s. embassy in turkey and the president's nominee for pentagon chief gets the third degree. >> i would like an answer yes or no. >> well, i'm not going to give you a yes or no. >> outstanding defense secretary leon panetta and joint chief chairman martin dempsey on the hagel hearings, hospitals and benghazi. >> this is not 911. you can't call in two minutes and expect a team in place. >> then the president's agenda. >> comprehensive immigration reform. prevent something like newtown hopefully from happening again. >> what about jobs? with former obama policy adviser meld barnes, former labor secretary elaine chao, mvp super bowl xl hines ward. i'm candy crowley and this is "state of the union." joining me now leon panetta secretary of defense and martin dempsey, chairman of the chief joint of staff. i want to play you a little of the hearings. >> as to the iranians red line persian gulf, some of the iranian questions you asked. i support the president's strong position on containment. by the way, i've just been handed a note that i misspoke. we don't have a position
an israeli airstrike deep into syria, a suicide bomber at the u.s. embassy in turkey and the president's nominee for pentagon chief gets the third degree. >> i actually would like an answer, yes or no. # >> well, i'm not going to give you a yes or no. >> outstanding defense secretary leon panetta and joint chief chairman general martin dempsey on the hagel hearings, world hot spots and benghazi. >> this is not 911. you can't call in two minutes and expect a team in place. >> then the president's agenda. >> comprehensive immigration reform. prevent something like newtown or oak creek from happening again. >> what about jobs? with former obama policy adviser mellody barnes, former labor secretary elaine chao and a conversation about football and kids with the mvp of super bowl xl hines ward. i'm candy crowley. this is "state of the union." joining me now leon panetta secretary of defense and martin dempsey, chairman of the chief joint of staff. gentlemen, thank you both for being here. we had very interesting hearings on thursday for your replacement. i want to play you just a little bit
of communist state. >> why would they target the u.s. embassy? >> they are anti-capitalist. and they're very, very opposed to the u.s. and nato. analysts say probably two reasons for this attack. one is to embarrass the turkish government. two is to protest the presence of u.s. patriot missiles on turkish soil. right now, 400 american troops are in turkey and they are moving that patriot missile battery into position on turkey's border with syria. turkey requested that help because of the mortars flying in from syria and they wanted the american missile to help shoot it down. >> and chris, how was the attacker able to gain access to the embassy compound? with all this talk about embassy security and what happened in ben gauzy, how was the attacker able to get there? >> basically he walked up to the embassy wear along suicide vest. but it's a gated compound with blast doors, reinforced woibs, and several checkpoints. he never made it past the very first checkpoint. so when he exploded his vest, it killed one of the local turkish guards whoed what been working for the embassy. it also injured
to protect the u.s. from devastating cyber attacks, and china considered one of the biggest offenders. the cyber security company, of course, has been saying it's identified a hacking group in shanghai with ties to china's military and says it watched those hackers systematically steal information from more than 140 companies. china denying any involvement. >>> and police still have no clue who managed to pull off a daring heist at the brussels airport. thieves managed to steal $50 million worth of diamonds from a plane on the tarmac. on monday night, two cars burst through the perimeter fence, the airport, sped towards the plane. authorities say the men were wearing police uniforms and were heavily armed. they were in and out of the airport within minutes. it is cnn's top international news story today. >>> of course, we are talking about the olympic star pistorius. everybody is following this. everybody is talking about this. it is really quite amazing. another night we're going to spend in jail. we don't know the outcome, whether he's going to be released on bail. this is playing o
, the question we are asking today, when is it legal for the u.s. government to kill its own citizens overseas? talking about americans here. justice department memo made public by nbc spells out the position, by the obama administration, now what it says the memo justifies the targeted killing of an american who is considered a senior operational leader of al qaeda or an associated group, and who poses an imminent threat of violent attack against the united states. want to bring in halle goran any. a controversial issue, under president bush, now president obama. the fact that the government does have the power, and the authority, to kill an american overseas that's considered a threat. and how do they define that? >> that's the question because when you say imminent, it could be imminent in a few hours, in a few weeks, saying you can target a member of al qaeda, senior operational al qaeda leader, or associated forces. how are you defining associated forces? how are you defining the word imminent? how are you defining the word threat? all of these things are things that are open to interpret
political contributor the democratic strategist hilary rosen and the former u.s. senator from minnesota and former romney foreign policy adviser norm coleman. guys, thanks very much for coming in. the speaker just met with reporters on the hill. i'll play a little clip. this was his message. >> listen, hope springs eternal. the president can sit down with harry reid tonight and work with senate democrats who have the majority in the senate to move a bill. it's time for them to act. i've made this clear for months now. and yet we've seen nothing. >> now, he wants them, senator, to move legislation that passed in the last congress. the last congress is irrelevant right now. you need new legislation in order to pass a bill. >> wolf, what's not irrelevant is last congress we had the tax increase. so now it's spending cut time. the president doesn't want to to the spending cut. we had the tax increase -- >> right now, to avert this fiscal crisis we have right now, these forced spending cuts, you need a new bill. you can't use a bill from the old congress. >> the president -- you know what, a
change. organizers claim it is the biggest rally of its kind ever in the u.s. we have a reporter who braved the cold to stand in the crowd. going to take you there in a moment. >>> pope benedict xvi led tens of thousands in a prayer for strength. this morning, he gave his second-to-last prayer as pontiff and thanked his followers for their support. last week, the 85-year-old pope announced he is resigning because of advanced age. >>> in los angeles, dozens of protesters gather outside the lapd headquarters. they carried signs supporting renegade ex-cop and cop killer, christopher dorner them don't support dorner's deadly rampage but say the accusations of corruption, racism, even brutality against the lapd need to be addressed so this doesn't happen again. >> i think there are a lot of honest policemen out there trying to help the people. but it just is atrocious what mr. dorner did and we don't want it to happen again. >> now, our nick valencia is here with me today. nick, you were out in los angeles. it seems a little bit odd that people would actually support a cop killer. what is
sprinter oscar pistorius has dropped out of several races including one set for april in the u.s. although he is under contract to run, the management company said he dropped out to deal with the charges he now faces. he is accused of shooting his girlfriend model reeva steenkamp on valentine's day. >>> sanchez seen here on the left had been refused an exit visa for years. she's headed on an 80-day tour of ten countries, including the u.s. sanchez says she doesn't plan to temper her criticism of life in cuba just because she got the exit visa. she acknowledges it could be her last trip out of the country. >>> a bigger than normal crowd packed the vatican city today. it's the second to the last time pope benedict xvi will address crowds from that famous window overlooking st. peter's square. over 100,000 people turned out to hear pope benedict ask for prayers for the next pope. ben wedeman is covering the story from rome. >> reporter: a much larger crowd crammed into st. peters square to hear pope benedict give his penultimate angeles prayer. he asked for them to pray for him and the next p
. >>> there could be another addition to the president's cabinet this week. the u.s. senate is expected to vote on chuck hagel as secretary of defense. democrats believe they have the votes to confirm hagel, despite opposition to the pick from hagel's own republican party. >>> the president and congress go back to work this week and high on their agenda, the forced spending cuts, if they don't reach a budget deal by friday, $85 billion across-the-board cut goes into effect. this will have an impact for all of us, meats inspection, public safety, longer lines at security checkpoints at the airport. candy crowley anchors "state of the union." you spoke with ray lahood, transportation secretary about the cuts. here is a portion of what he had to say. >> we are going to look at everything we possibly can to get to where we need to be, which is about $600 million in cuts. but we can't do it without also furloughing people. >> who is feeling the most pressure to feel these cuts? >> if you watch carefully, i don't think anybody is feeling that much pressure. last weeks, congress was out on recess, the
on thursday. we'll take you live to vatican city for this historic event. >>> back here in the u.s. now where we're watching the fallout from a fiery wreck in daytona beach, florida. the crash on the last lap of the race sent debris flying into the stands. 28 spectators were injured. want to bring in joe carter live from daytona. joe, any update. are you hearing how the injured fans are doing? >> yes, good morning to you, susan. yes, cnn can confirm that as of 5:30 this morning there were four patients remaining at the halifax medical center the location in daytona beach and three of those four patients do remain in the intensive care unit. one of those icu patients is a male minor. now yesterday joey the speedway president did confirm that 28 people, 28 spectators were hospitalized and 14 were treated at the track hospital and 14 were taken off site to local hospitals. to recap what happened yesterday. this was the final lap of the race, it was a clumatic moment in the race. cars going around 200 inches per hour just inches from each other. regan smith was leading the race and tried to do a
targeting americans in turkey. a suicide bomber hit the u.s. embassy. we have late details about what the terrorists were aiming at who they are. we begin, though, tonight, with another breaking story, the growing turmoil playing out as we speak on the streets of america's shaky ally egypt. cairo tonight, the presidential palace under attack. protesters throwing rocks, molotov cocktails, other egyptian cities seeing eruptions of violence. people in parts of the country living under a 30-day curfew. pressure apparently building on egypt's government two years after demonstrations toppled the last one. ben wedeman as he was during that uprising, tonight, he joins us from there. friday is usually a big day for protests in the middle east, a day of prayers, people in the mosques and come out and protest. what are you seeing out there tonight? >> reporter: this week it wasn't just friday, it was all week long we had protests and clashes. what we saw, we were outside at the palace, basically the egyptian white house, where initially it was a peaceful demonstration, a mixed crowd of christia
a scandal hungry press into saying or printing the name of u.s. senator bob menendez, teenage prostitution, and caribbean sex parties all in one sentence? after all, these allegations have been flatly refuted by the senator. >> this is incredible. >> reporter: and now the senator's dominican republic friends are trying to take that denial a step further. demanding a full investigation to find the actual culprit who has been spreading internet rumors for months. >> translator: this is an artificial ghost created especially in order to damage senator menendez, melgen, and myself. >> reporter: benecio castillo, a fourth generation attorney himself, has been named as a party to the, well, parties, and says enough is enough. >> translator: this crime has damaged me and my reputation and my honor. and that's why i have the right to ask an investigation to find out who is behind this crime. >> reporter: the e-mails alleging teenage sex parties and the senator began circulating months ago. even the fbi got ahold of them, but nothing could be confirmed. it appeared the matter was pretty much droppe
the nation's intelligence community had their hands on classified documents, the topic, when u.s. drones can legally kill americans overseas. president obama has agreed to the release only after caving in to the demands of congress. and today, in a senate confirmation hearing lawmakers will grill john brennan, obama's choice to lead the cia and also an architect of the drone program and a vocal supporter. >> we conduct targeted strikes because they are necessary to mitigate an actual ongoing threat to stop plots, prevent future attacks, and to save american lives. >> but it was the killing of an american citizen in yemen that raises all the questions. u.s. drones killed u.s.-born cleric anwar al awlaki, he was tied to the terrorist plots including the underwear bomber but never charged in u.s. court. iran claims it has unlocked the encrypted surveillance images from a spy plane drone. cnn cannot independently verify the authenticity video which is running on iranian state television and youtube. >> translator: this aircraft has had many flights in countries around iran and operations that ha
temperatures across the central u.s., mostly into the teens and 20s. if you were to look at the temperatures in louisiana, they are in the 60s and 70s. a sharp temperature contrast with this area of low pressure moving across the central mississippi valley as we go into this evening and then going through time for friday, into the tennessee valley, ohio river valley. and this is where the storm really starts to ring out. but across the southeast, some of these areas in georgia, south carolina, north central florida could see between 4 and 8 inches of rainfall. we'll keep you updated on that. wolf? >> karen, thanks very, very much. >>> new questions about how one of the most prominent catholic leaders in the united states handled the problem of pedophile priests. i've discovered gold. [ female announcer ] roc® retinol correxion max. the power of roc® retinol is intensified with a serum. it's proven to be 4x better at smoothing lines and deep wrinkles than professional treatments. roc® max for maximum results. and deep wrinkles ththe people of bp made ants. commitment to the gulf., and ever
doesn't grab you, the rest of the story will. >> also, breaking news. a suicide bomber hit the u.s. embassy. you probably know ability that. we got late details about precisely what the terrorists were aiming at and who they are. we begin with another breaking story. the groying turmoil playing out on the streets of america's shaky ally, egypt. cairo tonight, the presidential palace under attack. other egyptian cities also seeing eruptions of violent. parts of the country living under a 30-day curfew. pressure apparently building on egypt's government two years after they toppled the last one. ben wedeman is in cairo tonight and joins us from there. friday is usually a big day for protests in the mideast because it's a day for prayer, in the mosques, and thaen come out and protest. >> this week, it wasn't just friday. it was all week long we had protests and clashes. we were outside of the palace, basically the egyptian white house, where initially it was a peaceful demonstration, a mixed crowd of christians and muslims, religious and secular, young and old. very peaceful, but when
one set for april in the u.s. although he is under contract to run, the management company said he is dropping out to deal with the faces he is charged with. he is accused of shooting his girlfriend model reeva steenkamp >>> and now a long awaited journey begins on a ten-day tour including the u.s. sanchez says she does not want to tamp her criticism of cuba, but she does plan to return. >>> and this is the second to the last time that pope benedict will address the crowds of faithful from the windows at the square. thousands of people turned out to have him ask for prayers for the next pope. ben wedeman is covering the story for us in rome. >> reporter: a much larger crowd crammed into st. peters square to hear pope benedict give his penultimate prayer. he asked for them to pray for him and the next pope. the pope is now going into a week-long lenten retreat. this is an annual tradition, and part of the lenten season. when he reemerges, he will convene the last angelis prayer and then step down as the pontiff. it is not clear when the conclave, that meeting of 117 cardinals assemb
the boy was saved from storming the bunker to reports of secret cameras, even the u.s. military was involved. >>> all right, we've lost lights. >> all right, we're going to a manual override. >> reporter: new reports the last-minute electrical upgrades caused that power outage during the super bowl. today we're on the ground pressing the city and the power company to tell us what happened. >> yeah, super bowl power outage during the middle of the super bowl in louisiana. don't worry, fema said they will be there no later than thursday. no later than -- >> reporter: trapped in a four-alarm fire, five firefighters barely escaping the blaze. the amazing story from baltimore this morning. >>> and scout's honor, the boy scouts, more than 3 million strong considering dropping its ban on gay members. >> after decades of being out of the closet, the boy scouts of america forced me back into the closet with its don't ask don't tell policy. >> reporter: the fight going nationwide, the cause on the scout's doorstep this morning, petitions for more than 1 million of them signed asking the b
be a threat? also in a few minutes u.s. senate expected to vote on chuck hagel president obama's controversial nominee for defense secretary. we'll bring to it live. more on what's going on in egypt right now. a holt air balloon carrying lots of tourists explodes and plummets to the ground. we're finding out how this could happen. we're going live to egypt. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> we begin with the huge winter storm, the national weather service is now calling historic. cities like amarillo, texas, wichita, kansas have broken snowfall records. 45 million in 21 states are being affected one way or another. the storm is blamed for at least three deaths. look at this. it's even dangerous after the storm blows away. in kansas city, the heavy wet snow is causing roofs to collapse. nobody was hurt in this building. but the snow is also bringing down tree limbs on to power lines. in kansas city thousands of people are reported without power. george, what's going on? >> reporter: this is par for the course here in the midwest. this is the second time in a week that this r
nuclear program. six world powers including the u.s. and russia have a plan. and they're going to present it to the iranians in talks next tuesday. the goal is to offer serious economic incentives in exchange for iran's shutting down uranium enrichment facility and surrendering the stockpile of urani uranium. we have details of this new proposal. what's new about it? i know last year they tried to do this and they didn't go for it. what's new here? >> that's right. it's been about a year since the u.s. and the partners sat down with iran over the nuclear program. they've been making a good deal of progress on the developments since that time. so they're sweetening the pot, so to speak, and asking more of ire ran in return whether they sit down next week in kazakhstan. in exchange for easing the ban on the trade of gold and precious metals to iran and some nuclear fuel for peaceful purposes, iran must close its enrichment facility at a plant that is underground. the longer iran keeps this underground facility open and becomes more difficult to stop them militarily from having the uranium n
in the u.s. and stealing information. the this group is working in conjunction with the military and chinese government. not surprisingly, the chinese government says they had nothing to do with this and call these claims "irresponsible." the chinese say they had nothing do with the hackers, the next salvo in an international war? we'll have to see. >> david mackenzie, thank you very much. appreciate it. >>> ahead on "starting point," a colorado university is giving coeds advice on how to protect themselves against attackers, involves vomiting on them, claiming have you soyou have so disease. growing up roar around that, straight ahead. e bankamericard cash rewards credit card. earn 1% cash back everywhere, every time. [ both ] 2% back on groceries. [ all ] 3% on gas. no hoops to jump through. i earn more cash back on the things i buy the most. [ woman ] it's as easy as... one! -two. -[ all ] three! [ male announcer ] the bankamericard cash rewards credit card. apply online or at a bank of america near you. >>> good morning, welcome back to "starting point." i'm christine romans.
the come back of the u.s. manufacturing industries and the jobs for the middle class that they create and double downed on his calls for new spending on education and jobs. our chief analyst engineer yeah borrow injury is walking into "the situation room" with more of the fallout from the speech. clearly he's doubling down on a very ambitious agenda. >> yeah. this is a second-term president who is not scaling back here at all, wolf. he comes to the state of the union speech and second term with a lot of ambition. what we saw last night was a president who was not so much reaching out to members of congress as he was reaching over their heads to the american people. he is making a bed here through executive action, he's doing some things on cybersecurity, for example, that he can take his solutions to the problems of this country to the american people and say, i'm on the side of the middle class and the republicans are not. now, there is a risk in this for the president because the republicans are saying, you know what, americans don't want to raise any more taxes. they are tired of t
becoming the target of a u.s. drone attack. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." . >>> we begin with yet another sensational turn of events in the oscar pistorius murder case. after a week of shocking and sometimes heartbreaking testimony, pistorius is now out of jail. the one-time olympic athlete who is known worldwide as the blade runner still faces charges of murdering his girlfriend on valentine's day. cnn's robyn curnow is joining us. update our viewers, robin. >> reporter: hi there. thanks for having me. can you believe it, it's only eight days ago that oscar pistorius admitted to shooting his girlfriend on valentine's day. it's been such a roller coaster ride for all of us watching this tragedy, slowly learning about all of these new details and one part of the story which is certainly not over did come to some conclusion today as os star pistorius walked out of court and is spending the night at a family home. take a look at this. a media frenzy on a road at rush hour. cameras trying to see what's behind the tinted window of the silver land rover, a glimpse of osca
, according to the u.s. coast guard they're probably less than 50 miles away from mobile right now. that might sound pretty close, but it's probably going to feel like an eternity before they get here. there was a flurry of activity last night with helicopters delivering new supplies to the ship and some new generators, so that sort of implies that they might have some means to have more electricity on board and everyone to have perhaps more food and more water before they get here. but once they do arrive here, that's when things are going to start moving relatively quickly for the 3100 passengers on board. here the plans have already been made to have buses waiting for them to take them back to their cars in galveston, texas, so they can drive right home tonight if they want to or they can take them to a hotel where you can bet there will be plenty of people anxious to get to that first hot shower they have had in quite some time. you think about this, soledad, this ship was supposed to arrive in galveston, texas, on sunday. they're now 500 miles off course and five days overdue. >> or they
. >>> that blizzard is stopping the u.s. postal service. mail service has been suspended in connecticut maine massachusetts, new hampshire, rhode island, vermont, and areas north of new york city due to weather conditions. but we do also have some good news for airline passengers. airlines at jfk international and laguardia are expected to resume some passenger flights soon. newark flights are not expected to begin until at least noon due to the runways being down overnight. >>> how about this -- more than 1,890 flights canceled today according to flight aware tracking. boston's logan airport closed until 3:00 eastern. and bradley airport in connecticut remains closed too. >>> here are some other stories we've been watching this morning. in california search teams are trying to find and bring in an ex-cop and suspected killer christopher dorner. he's still at large, possibly in the resort area of big bear lake. dorner is the accused or is accused, rather of killing three people in revenge for losing his "dream job" with the lapd. he allegedly has a hit list of dozens
in washington in syrian policy. a u.s. official familiar with the deliberations said the issue is dead, at least for now. >>> john brennan, the president's pick to be the next cia director getting drilled at his confirmation hearing. he was pressed on the targeted killing of terror suspects, including u.s. citizens. >> i think there's a misimpression on the part of some american people who believe that we take strikes to punish terrorists for past transgressio transgressions. nothing could be further from the truth. we only take actions as a last resort to save lives when there's no other alternative. >> the brennan hearing was interrupted several times by protesters. at one point, senator diane feinstein stopped the proceedings and actually had the room cleared. >>> all right. too close for comfort. scientists at nasa say a giant asteroid, about half the size of a football field, is headed our way. they predict it will pass very close to earth on february 15th. no closer than about 17,100 miles. it's one of many large space objects barrelling toward us at the very moment. experts say all of the
this has happened. ikea writes u.s. product is only meat products. it could be beef. the united states does not slaughter horses, does not import horse meat from other countries. we'll have a lot more on this and whether that adds up later on this week. >> an "outfront" update to a story we brought you first, the gas explosion. it happened during this hour at a restaurant. one person was killed in kansas city, missouri, in that accident. we have learned that the company laying cable prior to the explosion at jj's excavating didn't have a proper permit for excavation. the permit violation carries a $5,000 fine and maybe up to six months of jail. authorities still don't know what actually caused the gas to ignite. to say it again, somebody was killed. >> it has been 571 days since the u.s. lost its top credit rating. what are we doing to get it back? by looking at washington, not much. four days until forced spending cuts going into effect, and the dow posted its worst day of the year, down 216 points. >> our fourth story "outfront," accusations of sex, blackmail, and abuse. the vatican is in
france titles he was riding for the u.s. postal service team, and the team was partially funded with money from the federal government. now the government wants some of that money back. joining me on the phone to talk about armstrong and his lawsuit is dave shields. he writes about cycling, has been helping us make sense of this armstrong story from the very beginning. dave, good to have you. the first question here is, you know, it's sad to say that people get over on the federal government all the time. why did the department of justice decide to join this lawsuit? was it public pressure? >> i'm not sure that it is public pressure. it was -- i think that on the part of the government, it might be a perception that it would be well-received, and it doesn't seem to be going over that way. a lot of people seem to be thinking just like you're implying. that -- wow. lance has got his share of trouble, and it doesn't seem to stop. >> you're a cycling insider. tell us what the insiders think. where should this end or should they want to the see lance armstrong punished more? >> repor
is not headquartered in the united states. they don't have to abide by u.s. labor laws. they don't have to abide by u.s. minimum wage. they have limited liabilities when it comes to their crew. they're going to give vacation early to crew near the end of their contract, and for those in the middle they're going to assign them to their ships. two things they didn't have to do. i'm wobderring whether you think they did a good job. >> i'll tell you my big problem with that, that was the vice president. where's the ceo. when you're disaster control, and this is something that's affected a lot of people. why is the head guy not there saying i'm in control, so to put the vice president of marketing out there, that's not the way i would tell people to do it. cl eo should be on the ground. i think they missed a very big opportunity there. >> yeah, i know -- jerry cahill, we've been waiting for him -- on the ground, we were hopeful he would be at this press conference, we haven't seen him. i can tell you, he's here. i know you have a great panel with you, right? >> yeah, erin, i'm here, we have a great panel he
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. he was scheduled to run in australia, brazil, the u.s., the uk and russia. while pistorius is in court on tuesday for a bail hearing, reeva's family says they'll be a memorial service for her as producers of her reality show released this farewell message from her, meant to be to the cast, but which now becomes her last words, her last good-bye. >> i take with me so many amazing memories and things that are in here and in here that i'll treasure forever. i'm going to miss you all so much. i love you very, very much. >> what a sad story that is. robyn kurnow reporting for us. we'll have more on that later here in "the situation room" as well. other news we're following including some painful budget cuts that will be felt by all of us. they're not only days away, they could affect you in some unexpected ways. plus, senator john mccain is alleging a massive cover-up on the deadly attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya. >> so it's the state department's fault? who would you blame? who is responsible then? i've always had to keep my eye on her... but, i didn't always wa
for the targeted killing of americans. the memo says the u.s. can use lethal force against an american citizen overseas if that person happens to be a senior leader with al qaeda. the 16 page policy paper also states clear evidence of an imminent attack against the united states that it is not required to carry out a targeted killing. >> the state department is refusing to discuss a 3 1/2 minute propaganda video uploaded to youtube by the north korean government. it shows a young man dreaming of a rocket attack on a city that looks like new york. it eventually shows the city in ruins with we are the world playing in the background. the state department says it won't dignify the video by speaking about it. >> this is better man's favorite story of the day. disney is expanding the gallon abs city far, far away. they announced a new star wars trilo trilogy. >> very excited about that. >> so now they've unveiled plans for two stand alone spinoff movies. each spinoff will be written around a specific character. they're scheduled to be released after episode 7 due out in the summer of 2015 with j.j.
of that. existing home sales comes thursday. as you know, existing home sales are 90% of the u.s. housing market. so that will be a critical read on recovery in the housing market and also a fresh look the consumer price index. we know that gas prices are squeezing. gas prices are 20 cents high they are week than they were the same time last year. 20 cents higher. and you're taking less out of your paycheck because of payroll tax holiday expired. for those of you really worried about gas prices in new york and chicago. you're going to hit $4 a gallon earlier than we ever have in the year. so brace yourself there. also brace yourself if you're a federal worker. you're facing a furlough, unpaid days off. you can blame the sequester. a controller for the office of management and budget said this won't happen until after march 1st. that's when the massive spending cuts begin if congress doesn't act the sequester. federal employees must give a 30-day notice before furlough. unions that represent the workers right now having a big part in how that's going to happen and when. but there are 2.1 m
the u.s. navy s.e.a.l. who took him out. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com >>> all that coming up, but there's also developments happening right now in southern california. frayed nerves and a cold trail, as investigators search for the fired los angeles police officer christopher dorner who's declared war on the police, now wanted in the murders of three people. we're standing by for a news conference. the prosecutor is going to be giving us new information. let's check in with cnn's miguel marquez in los angeles for an update. do police have any serious clues right now? >> reporter: it's not for lack of trying. they are trying to create those clues. they say they have 600 clues that hundreds of investigators are trying to pile through. right now, people are very nervous across the entire state. nervous students return. schools finally reopened in big bear. >> there's a bad guy on the loose and we don't want to get shot by him. >> reporter: today, it's security, along with students. >> today we feel much better. there's a lot of --
that inflames passions. it has huge ramifications for the u.s. economy. that's why the richest man in america has something to say on this subject. this week i sat down with bill gates. he said america is throwing away talent by kicking educated immigrants who create jobs for the rest of us out of the country. >> the united states has benefitted from the fact that capable people whether you call that smart or whatever word you use have wanted to come to the united states. so whether it's south america, asia, europe, we have been a magnet for talent. that's partly why with higher defense budget, medical budget why we can continue to be such an exemplar. partly why our universities are so strong. yet our immigration system makes it very hard for those people to come in. so, you know, if somebody is being offered a job here for over $100,000. there's other jobs created around that job. you don't want to discourage a company from having to put that job -- >> do we discourage them? >> absolutely. >> how? >> you can be a student at uc berkeley and get this wonderful education, microsoft offers use
you and here we go, again. more snow plablanketing the easn u.s. causing massive pileups. >>> new details of oscar pistorius what his family is telling us about the super star. >>> do you know who is turning 50? a look back at the man, the legend, michael jordan. it is sunday, february 17th. >>> good morning to you. getting up early today. i'm christi paul in for randi kaye. i want to start with you in vatican city for a beginning and end of sorts here. pope benedict xvi is residing from st. peter's square right now. this is one of the last appearances he will make as pope. on the other end of the spectrum it is audition day for some of his successors. joining me now from rome cnn international correspondent ben wedemen. ben, i want to start with pope benedict. how will he spend his last 11 days now as pope? >> well, right now what we see is a much larger crowd that he's addressing in st. peter's square. numbers as high as 150,000 people on a normal sunday it wouldn't be even half that number. now, he's going to give this angelus prayers and address the faithful in a number of lan
. a lot of folks here are younger voters. younger people who say even though the u.s. right now may be as focused on the debt ceiling and other issues, it's time to look further down the line. >> i'm only 16 and some day, i hope to have my own kids and i think this is, i want them to live in a world that's you know, like environmentally safe and natural. >> a dirty and dangerous pipeline that's going to cut our country in half carrying a very da dangerous fuel and it will cause run away climate change. >> on the flip side, a lot of folks say tighter emission standards have already cost some jobs at plants in places like west virginia. tightening them further is only going to squeeze that part of the economy even more and some of the higher prices will be past on to you and me as consumers. they also argue that the keystone pipeline will be safe with today's technology and will bring jobs to places like nebraska and also help the u.s. become more energy independent. d don? >> chris, thank you very much. >>> she made history just a couple of hours ago. danica patrick became the first
on climate change. organizers claim it is the biggest rally of its kind ever in the u.s. our chris lawrence is right in the middle of t and chris, what is the main call for action there today and why today? >> reporter: well, i think two reasons, two big issues here, deb, the last few die-hards start to straggle away, down to a few thousand people from crowd that organizers say once numbered about, you know, 30 to 40,000. but they have two issues. one, they want stricter emissions standards, not only on future power plant bus on existing power plants as well. and they want president obama to block the extension of that keystone pipeline. that's the pipeline that's bringing oil from canada right now it's only authorized to bring it into the great lakes region, but president obama has to decide whether to extend that pipeline all the way down into the gulf coast. we spoke with a couple younger people who came here from far away who say they do not want him to extend that pipeline. >> i'm only 16 and someday, i hope to have my own kids and i think this is -- i want them to live in a world that
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.5 million kids in the u.s. live in silence because their health insurance doesn't think they're essential. cnn's george howell sat down with 7-year-old hayden mckenzie for a look at the drastic measures he and his family have taken for him to hear. >> reporter: for 7-year-old hayden mckenzie, it takes a little more time in the morning to get started. and for his twin brother, colby, it takes more patience. >> our big question of the day is, you have a hearing aid on. can you hear me? i was thinking about this last night. it felt like a cell phone commercial. can you hear me? can you hear me now? >> reporter: he started losing his hearing when he was 4 years old, a crippling result of surgeries to repair his middle ear. >> these were hearing aids donated from a deceased child. this is a temporary thing? >> yeah. it's definitely not our ideal situation. it's definitely helping right now, but in order to get him the proper ones that he needs, you know, we would have to go through our audiologist and purchase them and the insurance just doesn't cover it. >> reporter: working class family, the
? >> are journalists going way too easy on the former secretary of state? >>> hger aldo rivera says he ma run for the u.s. senate. i'll tell you why i'm not buying it. >>> the white house takes the unusual step in putting out this photo of obama skeet shooting at camp david, just like he said. did the media mockery miss the target. >>> are network sportscasters part of the hypomachine that builds our interest in the big games? >> they might as well start the pregame the week before and just keep it going and then do a week-long post game. >>> and -- >> coming up next, a first look at the commercials you'll see on super bowl sunday. >> let's talk about the super bowl ad, already stirring up so much controversy and so much debate. >> to see the full 30-second commercial -- >> those super expensive super bowl commercials coming out in advance? why are the media providing all this free exposure? i'm howard kurtz and this is "reliable sources." >>> it just didn't seem like the usual "60 minutes" grilling. when we saw steve sitting down with hillary clinton and barack obama last night things were so muchlovy d
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